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Japanese Chin

Japanese Chins are members of an alert, gentle and charming breed that make excellent companions. Their inquisitive and intelligent personality is reflected in their expression.

About the Japanese Chin

Japanese Chins have made a name for themselves as loving, graceful lapdogs. These dogs are affectionate with their owners, loving nothing more than being by their side.

Despite their small size, these dogs have large, boisterous personalities and plenty of energy. Their intelligence, coupled with their adaptability and love for their human families, has made them popular companions across the world.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Group
FCI Group 9, AKC Toy Group
Size category
Very small
Avg life expectancy
10–12 years

Intelligent / Loving / Reserved

Key facts

  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Garden not essential
  • Needs a lot of human interaction

A Japanese Chin's life story

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Health Condition

Japanese chins belong to the brachycephalic family that have as physical features a flat face and short nose due to their flat and wide skull shape. These anatomical attributes can cause some health issues like skin, eye and breathing problems as well as a poor ability to tolerate heat. For all brachycephalic breeds, we advise you to choose a dog with physical features that are not over-exaggerated, to buy from a responsible breeder and to seek counsels from your veterinarian.

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Health Condition

Japanese chins belong to the brachycephalic family that have as physical features a flat face and short nose due to their flat and wide skull shape. These anatomical attributes can cause some health issues like skin, eye and breathing problems as well as a poor ability to tolerate heat. For all brachycephalic breeds, we advise you to choose a dog with physical features that are not over-exaggerated, to buy from a responsible breeder and to seek counsels from your veterinarian.

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